A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Ignace and English River areas.

Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and large hail this afternoon and this evening.

“We saw some weak shower activity earlier this morning, but we are underneath a very unstable air-mass,” said Environment Canada Meteorologist, Geoff Coulson.

“The potential for strong thunderstorms is there for this afternoon and this evening. Main concerns would be the possibility of large hail, strong wind gusts and heavy rain.”

Environment Canada adds that large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Locally, heavy rain is also possible. 

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

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